What vitamin deficiencies cause dry cracked skin?
Asked by anonymous on Jun 30, 2008 in Nutrition



I have very dry, cracked skin on my hands, espically over my knuckles. They are so cracked and sore that they bleed. I have an eating disorder and wonder if this is caused by a vitamin deficiency. How do i help this to improve? It hurts too much to put cream on them.


Answer

Vitamin A deficiency causes dry skin but it is not localized to the hands.  Dry hands are often the result of exposure to harsh cleaning products and other chemicals.  Bulimics usually have dry hands and abrasions on their knuckles from sticking their fingers down their throats. Dry skin has many causes.   Consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

 


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